I am interested in the answer to this too. With my last baby I asked the OB to delay and he said it was dangerous to do so. I asked hubby's friend who is a paediatrician and he said it doesn't matter one way or another.<br>
I've been researching and want to delay but I'm not sure how long. I think until it stops pulsing?
Wait until it stops pulsing, unless you're doing a lotus birth, in which case I don't think it's done at all.<br><br>
It's not dangerous to delay cord clamping. There is an old wives' tale that the blood will rush back into the placenta from the baby, but this isn't true (if nothing else, I believe the wharton's jelly prevents the possibility). And delaying cord clamping may also be helpful in preventing PPH, since all the correct physiological signals are sent to the placenta etc. to encourage proper detachment.<br><br>
Dd's cord wasn't clamped or cut until it stopped pulsing.<br><br>
ETA: This article from a NCB doctor's newsletter says they wait about 10-15 minutes: <a href="http://www.elvovemd.com/a/newsletters/1202.htm#news2" target="_blank">http://www.elvovemd.com/a/newsletters/1202.htm#news2</a>
Yes, til the placenta is born. With my 1st we waited til it has mostly stopped pulsating. It may have been going a tiny bit still, I'm not sure. Hospital birth. With my 2nd the placenta had been out a little while before we cut it. It is NOT dangerous and if your doctor thinks that you ought to find a new one ASAP.
Til the cord stops pulsing, which was about 15 min with my last one.<br><br>
WHY would an Ob say it's dangerous to wait? Dangerous to whom, why?<br><br>
I attended a birth several months ago where the Ob cut the cord while the baby's head ONLY was out, and the baby seemed really traumatized. Had trouble breathing, was a little floppy, etc. I can't imagine losing your blood/oxygen supply while not even born yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
I would have to disagree that it stops pulsating at 15 minutes - unless the placenta was already born.<br><br>
Even when the placenta is born, the cord continues to pulse at baby's umbilicus for up to three hours.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think many providers say "until it stops pulsing" but then magically, it's not pulsing after this short period of time. I'm all for just waiting until the placenta is born. Doing that ensures that the placenta shears off the uterine wall in a uniform manner.